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YA Book Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point is an amazing book! It’s so different than any YA novel I’ve read lately, and it is definitely a 2013 standout!

Book Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

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Title & Author: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Genre: YA – Paranormal, Science Fiction

Release Date: February 12, 2013

Series: Pivot Point #1

Publisher: HarperTeen

How I Got the Book: Finished copy via the Publisher

Description:

“Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.”

Two Paths Diverged in a Wood

Pivot Point is genius. It combines fun YA paranormal abilities with an interesting perspective on making decisions in a real-life choose your own adventure story.

Addison is part of a super-secret paranormal community that exists within the confines of the “regular” or normal world. People in the compound can move things with their minds, persuade others to do their bidding, or in her case, see and live both paths of a situation when she’s faced with a choice.

Although she’s never thought it was an overly stunning gift, she’s thankful for it when she faces one of the biggest decisions of her life – stay with her mom in the compound OR leave with her dad to go into the normal world.

Knowing she needs to find out what will be the better choice, Addison “searches” her future – essentially living out both choices at once (although it doesn’t feel that way to her).

Each chapter of the book after Addison searches alternates between her two paths. You would think it would get confusing, but Kasie West does a great job of keeping things clear and on track.

What I loved about Pivot Point was the originality of the story – this isn’t something I’ve ever read before. Plus, it plays with the idea of making always knowing the right thing to do and if fate really exists.

He shrugs.”Doesn’t help to waste my time thinking about would’ve beens.” Laila whispers,”He says to the girl with a mind full of them.”

The writing is witty and charming. Addie has an amazing sense of humor and a wholly authenticate teen voice.

OVERALL:

What an amazing surprise. I loved, loved, LOVED this book, and I hope you do to. Pivot Point is definitely in the contenders for one of my favorite books of 2013 – highly recommended.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.